The North Island, where you will find Auckland, the country's largest city, will draw you in with its volcanoes and Maori culture. Tempted by the volcanoes? You will be delighted by the Tongariro National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the inhabited White Island and the Rotorua geothermal park, known as the cradle of Maori civilisation. Immerse yourself in this culture at the Te Papa museum in Wellington, the country's cool, windswept and small capital. Are you a fan of the Lord of the Rings? You will find the recording studios here. In Tongariro you will find the kingdom of Mordor, while the Hobbits' village is in Matamata.
If you find wild nature and mountains bewitching, then you should head towards the South Island! When you're there, do not miss the superb Mount Cook, the highest peak in the country, or the dazzling turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. Take an unforgettable trip to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Spot penguins on a boat trip among the unmissable Milford Sound fjords, unless you prefer the dolphins and whales off the coast of the charming village of Kaikoura! Don't forget the lush forest and the magnificent beaches of the Abel Taman National Park.
Thrill seekers should head to Queenstown, the city of extreme sports. Do a parachute jump, or hurtle down the ski slopes in the Remarkables or at Treble Cone, which can rival their beauty, in the peaceful region of Wanaka.
North Island? South Island? Or both? It's up to you!